The Scottish Government has unveiled a £100million Green Jobs Fund as the country aims to make a low-carbon recovery from Covid-19. Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement while revealing her programme for government for the coming year, with the green economy being one of its main focusses. The fund will see £50million invested through public bodies such as Scottish Enterprise to provide sustainable and low carbon products and services to create jobs. The other £50m will be invested to support businesses across a range of sectors including manufacturing, tech and “land-based organisations”, to take advantage of public and private investment in low carbon infrastructure to create jobs.
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Environmental campaigners have welcomed the Scottish Programme for Government saying that its focus on green jobs was welcome progress. They cautioned that there was no need to delay many of these good policies and work should instead get underway immediately to tackle the twin economic and climate crises. Key environmental policies in the PfG include: £1.6 billion in heat and energy efficiency in our homes and buildings over 5 years; Confirmation of the delay to Low Emission Zones until 2022; £100 million Green Jobs Fund; Consulting again on a single-use cups charge; £100million active travel annual spending maintained; Grangemouth Future Industry Board in 2020; 100,000 jobs potential from Inward Investment Strategy; Consulting on a £5 million Carbon Capture and Utilisation Challenge Fund. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Director Dr Richard Dixon said: “Today’s new focus on creating much needed green jobs is welcome progress from the Scottish Government, but it needs to be followed with rapid action to ensure it becomes more than rhetoric.
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